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Jazz vocalist Jane Monheit celebrates the tenth anniversary of her remarkable recording career with her most mature, heartfelt album yet, Home, a collection of standards that represents a passionate return to her roots as a jazz musician. The CD features the band she has worked with onstage and off for most of her career, as well as special guests such as John Pizzarelli, Mark O’Connor, and Larry Goldings. This is her first album for Emarcy/Universal and also marks her debut as sole producer of a recording.
“I didn’t feel the need for anyone to help me realize the vision of this record”, says Monheit. “This is a project I’ve been thinking of for a long time…an album of songs and a group of musicians that are deeply important to me. There was no need to discuss what should or should not be included, or who should play….this is clearly me, from the heart. My relationships to these songs and my love for the people playing them make this album what it is.”
On the whole, Home is arguably the loveliest and lightest album of Monheit’s 10-CD discography. Treasured songs include the upbeat Arthur Schwartz/Howard Dietz classic “A Shine On Your Shoes”, the swinging Rodgers and Hart gem “Everything I’ve Got Belongs To You”, a charming rendition of Irving Berlin’s “Isn’t It A Lovely Day”, and Jerome Kern/B.G. Desylva’s accentuate-the-positive “Look For The Silver Lining”. “I’m so much more drawn to the happier songs,” she says with a laugh, noting that this is the first album she’s made in its entirety since becoming a mother. (Her son was born halfway through the recording of her previous album, The Lovers, The Dreamers, And Me). “Having a beautiful child in my life has really lightened me up, especially where music is concerned! I’ll always have a high level of drama, though…it makes me who I am, and certainly helps me be better at what I do!”
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